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04 December 2014 @ 09:15 am
[MANIP] Merry Little Christmas  
Title: Merry Little Christmas
Fandom: White Collar
Characters/Pairings: Neal, can be seen as gen or Neal/Sara or P/E/N or pretty much whatever else your mind supplies :P
Rating: PG-13
Content Notice: hospital stay, awww
Dimensions/Resolution: 1400x1950px @72dpi
Stock used: hospital pic, tree, gift, mistletoe, card 1, card 2, card 3

Summary: Neal wanted his first tracker-free Christmas to be special but his plans certainly didn't include getting shot and almost killed while picking out a present for Peter. But on Christmas Day, when he was once again drifting away surrounded by silly Christmas decorations, familiar faces and a gentle hand stroking his forehead in a soothing rhythm, Neal couldn't help but think that there was really nothing more special than being loved and cherished.

A/N: This is my second H/C Advent fill and another one for leesa_perrie's prompt - Christmas-themed Neal whump :D. Inspirational prompt is inspirational :D And I won't lie - I'm dreaming of a White Collar story to go with it, heee :D

pipiljpipilj on December 4th, 2014 10:44 am (UTC)
This is beautiful. Love the little details like the hospital band, the cards, the little x mas tree u added. Wonder how is ruffling Neal's hair? He seems to unconsciously lean toward it.
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 4th, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you :D

You can decide for yourself whose hand it is. In my head, this is either pre-OT3 or established OT3, so it's totally El's hand :D

But that's just me :D
paganlowroaderpaganlowroader on December 4th, 2014 10:50 am (UTC)
There aren't enough "w"s for the awwwwwwwww this evokes. And given all the rich details and the fact that you had to totally create the hospital scenario, this had to be one of your most labor intensive works. I think the word I'm searching for is wow.
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 4th, 2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
Heee, thank you :D

But as far as labor intensity, it wasn't that hard, took me less than two days. I guess it's because I didn't have to look for pics, I had most of them at hand. I think the award still belongs to that Archons painting we printed, took me a month to make it, I struggled with finding the right photos and then with putting all those pieces together and making it work. But it was definitely worth it :D
sapphire2309sapphire2309 on December 4th, 2014 12:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is adorable! Love it :D
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 4th, 2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you :D
Jasmine: Neal - oh shiny!reve_silencieux on December 4th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! I love it! And yes... it's just calling for a fic.
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 4th, 2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
Hehe, thank you :)
leesa_perrie: Neal Smileleesa_perrie on December 4th, 2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, another wonderful artwork for me!! Oh yeah, this is pulling on all my angsty awwww-ing strings big time! I love all the little details, and the fact you can decide who is ruffling Neal's hair for yourself! Thank you! :D :D
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 4th, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yup, I like it too that it's up to the viewer to decide who is there with Neal :D

This was a lot of fun *pets Neal* and I'm happy that I could deliver something for your awesome prompt :D

I have one more piece to post on Dec 12, but this one is whump-free, just a bit of past awwwww sadness in contrast with present happiness :D
aragarnaaragarna on December 4th, 2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
nice! :-)
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 4th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
pooh_collector on December 4th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
Fuzzy bear heart melted into a puddle of holiday goo.

I'm going to be staring at this all dang day!
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 4th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwww ♥

Well, whumped Neal being cared for is something I can stare at all day, too, heeee :D
dennih23: Neal - season 5dennih23 on December 4th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
Awww this is sweet. *Hugs* Neal
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 4th, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
chicca01chicca01 on December 4th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)

Wow one of your best work!!!

kanarek13kanarek13 on December 4th, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you ;D
sandy79sandy79 on December 4th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
WOW! I totally love it! And yes, there's absolutely a story hidden in there!
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 4th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks :D Yeah, I have the whole thing in my head... now if only I could transfer it to a word doc :D
eldorah: Neal H/Celdorah on December 5th, 2014 04:16 am (UTC)
This is so lovely. All of the details you incorporated is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 7th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you :D
sinfulslasher: neal owiesinfulslasher on December 6th, 2014 12:21 pm (UTC)
This is wonderfully hurt-comforty and beautifully done!

And I may or may not be working on a fic based on this gorgeous art... *shifty*
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 7th, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
Awww, that makes me so happy \o/
Beth: white collar - nealstargatesg1971 on December 8th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
Aww..poor Neal. I love the addition of the Christmas tree and present, so cute. The hand stroking his head is a nice touch too. Lovely work.
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 9th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
Thank you :D
Laura: Neal Peter always therecookielaura on December 9th, 2014 04:56 am (UTC)
Awww that's beautiful! I can just imagine El decorating his hospital room for him :) I love how he looks like he is leaning into the hand that's stroking his hair ♥

Hope it's OK if I friend you! (Wouldn't want to miss any more lovely pictures haha!)
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 9th, 2014 10:45 am (UTC)
Thank you so much :D Poor Neal, I couldn't make his Christmas all miserable, there had to be some love and Christmas spirit :D

ETA: and yes, of course it's ok to friend :D

Edited at 2014-12-09 10:46 am (UTC)
joy2190joy2190 on December 18th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Aw, I just love the hand on the head. Perfect touch!